Man City vs Dortmund: match report
Erling Haaland picked up an outrageous 84th-minute winner against his former club Borussia Dortmund as Manchester City came from behind with two late goals to seal a 2-1 win in Champions League Group G on Wednesday .
The Norwegian has now scored 13 goals in eight games since leaving the Bundesliga club and his last was a brilliant finish as he jumped to bring home a wonderful cross with the outside of his boot by Joao Cancelo.
The ball was almost beyond Haaland as he leapt off the ground to reach a cross that most players would have tried to hit with their right foot.
But the towering blonde striker isn’t like most players and he snagged the ball with the outside of his left foot into Dortmund’s goal, prompting amazed roar from the home crowd.
There was something inevitable about the 22-year-old, who scored 86 goals in 89 appearances for Dortmund, deciding the result, but it was a surprise how hard City had struggled for nearly an hour.
Pep Guardiola opted to rotate his squad a bit and his players struggled to find their usual pace and ease in a boring 45-minute opener.
The German defense had dealt with City’s pedestrian play, neither Jack Grealish nor Riyad Mahrez getting much joy on the wings.
The the first real chance came in the 52nd minute and it fell on Dortmund with Marco Reus bustling in from the left but he recovered his shot away from the far post.
Reus was more accurate, however, four minutes later when a corner kick hit him deep in the penalty area and he sent a ball back into the box for the England international. Jude Bellingham passes Ederson.
Guardiola was preparing a triple change when the goal was scored and he quickly introduced Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Julian Alvarez.
The trio provided the desired impact – adding the missing pace and inventiveness to City’s forward play, but when they equalized in the 80th minute it was through a defender.
Kevin De Bruyne played the ball inside to John Stones who launched a ferocious drive past Alexander Meyer from outside the box.
The momentum was with City and all of Dortmund’s efforts to neutralize Haaland counted for nothing when Cancelo produced his magic cross and the Norwegian his full stretch.